A recent survey carried out by V3 has found that 41% of IT professionals questioned plan to spend at least the same as the previous year on cloud storage this year, with many planning to increase spending.
Key drivers for the increased spending plans within the industry were found to be data growth and regulatory compliance. However, it was also found that many don’t intend to upgrade storage approaches to newer and more future proof solutions such as converged storage.
This has prompted concerns in some quarters, with Quocirca’s Clive Longbottom citing the reluctance to upgrade as "worrying”.
"If you haven't started planning for what that means to you, you're going to be underperforming in what's going to start being mainstream by the end of this year," he said. "You have to sit down with your business and ask what are the desired outcomes for 2015 and start planning for what that means for your whole IT infrastructure.”
"If you haven't got high availability and speed of accessibility, you're not serving the business and you'd better brush up on your CV."
The research also found that data protection is another high priority for IT professionals this year, with many looking to improve backup procedures and security. Again, this is an area in which cloud can help, as many SMEs still don’t have adequate security and backup procedures in place.
Data centres tend to be much more secure than on premise solutions, with many using next generation firewalls, layered and even physical security.
The most positive findings in the report found that despite tough economic, IT budgets are not likely to be cut in 2014 as cloud takes hold and gains even further traction than last year. For IT managers the use of cloud technologies is vital to the future agilities of an enterprise.
For those in the UK, the Enterprise Cloud Computing and Virtualisation Conference and Exhibition is due to be held in London on 20th March 2014 and represents an ideal opportunity for company leaders and IT professionals to brush up on cloud for the business sector.
Now in its 5th year, the conference will be held at the capital’s Hotel Russell and includes exhibitors as well as speakers heading up cloud initiatives in large organisations such as Channel 4 and the Metropolitan Police.
There will also be a host of seminars on various cloud and virtualisation subjects such as hybrid, data centre infrastructure and much more. The event is sponsored by some of technology's leading names, such as Microsoft, Interoute and Trend Micro.
It promises to be an exciting year for the cloud industry as more firms deploy solutions such as IaaS, now that the technology has become more ‘trusted’. For the full V3 reader research report on cloud storage, a free download is available here.